The Big Red One Song
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Toast of the Army,
Hail to the brave Big Red One!
Always the first to thirst for a fight.
No foe shall challenge our right to victory.
We take the field, A grand sight to see.
Pride of the Infantry.
Men of a great division,
Courage is our tradition,
Forward the Big Red One!
"The Big Red One" march was composed
in the summer of 1943 at Constantine, Algeria by then Captain Donald T. Kellett
who was hospitalized and recovering from wounds suffered during the battle for Hill
609 at El Guettar, Algeria. It was dedicated to Major General Terry Allen, who commanded
the Division in North Africa and Sicily, and who awarded Kellett the Silver Star
at Kasserine Pass, Tunisia. Kellett, who retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel,
became widely known throughout the Army during his 30-year military career for his
marches. Colonel (Retired) Donald T. Kellett died in 1991.
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